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The little shepherd's song

Language: English

The leaves, the little birds, and I,
The fleece clouds and the sweet, sweet sky;
The pages singing as they ride
Down there, down there where the river is wide.
Heigh-ho, what a day! What a lovely day!
Even too lovely to hop and play
With my sheep
Or sleep
In the sun!

And so I lie in the deep, deep grass
And watch the pages as the pass
And sing to them as they to me
Till they turn the bend by the poplar tree.
And then—O then, I sing right on
To the leaves and the lambs and myself alone!
For I think there must be
Inside of me
A bird!

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Confirmed with William Alexander Percy, In April Once, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1920, page 96.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


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